If you’re as diehard a ‘Walking Dead’ fan as I am, then you know that theories about who Negan killed at the end of season six are endless. After putting maybe a little too much thought into it, I’ve got a pretty solid theory about Abraham that you NEED to know.
Negan left our favorite survivors on The Walking Dead unleashing their best blood-curdling screams as he bashed in the skull of someone we love. Unfortunately, we won’t know who it was until the premiere in late 2016, but until then my money is on Abraham — and for quite a few good reasons.
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I want to start off by saying that I am very much aware that Glenn is the one who meets Lucille in the comics, but I strongly feel that ship has sailed. One thing that has kept The Walking Dead so suspenseful is their willingness to change things from book to screen, and taking Glenn would just be far too easy. Plus, as much as they obviously wanted to keep us guessing, I know as both a fan and someone who covers the show religiously that I would be pretty disappointed if it ended up being Glenn — not so much because of how much I love him (and I swear I do), but because it’s just too obvious.
Okay, now that I’ve got that out there, let’s get to my theory: which is that Negan totally killed Abraham. Honestly, the more and more I think about it (which is a lot), the more it makes sense. Don’t worry, I’m going to lay it all out for you and, hopefully, you’ll be on my side when all is said and done. Either that or we’ll be arguing about it in comments and on Twitter for the next six months or so.
1.) Abraham’s Comic Death Had Already Passed
As I already mentioned, TWD doesn’t shy away from making necessary changes where it properly works within the story. Those of you who read the comics know that when Denise gets shot on the train tracks by Dwight, that was actually supposed to be Abraham. Once your comic death passes you become a wildcard, and that immediately puts Abraham on the chopping block in my opinion. It hurt to lose Denise, especially as she was bonding with Daryl and her relationship with Tara was evolving, but it justifies leaving Abraham alive just long enough to take him away at the end.
2.) He Finally Found His Place In The World
Even though Abraham and Sasha were only just getting started, he as an individual had just finished coming to terms with life in the apocalypse. Abraham was damaged when he joined the group, first from losing his family and then from losing his purpose (getting Eugene to DC), and he suffered internally for quite some time. It led him to going rogue at the beginning of season six, just like Sasha had before him, and eventually to him realizing he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life with Rosita. He became accustomed to life in Alexandria and was so content with life that he was even considering having a child with Sasha, which they discussed in the finale, too.
His story with Sasha was still working it’s way to fruition, but Abraham himself had really come into his own. He spent the entire season finding his footing, and once he did… well, let’s be honest: it put a bright red target on his back.
3.) Abraham Was Not Afraid Of Negan
Negan’s arrival was intense, but what was most interesting about the new villain is that he refused to address anyone but Rick. That is, until, he addressed Abraham. When Negan finally started to evaluate the group one-by-one, it was Abraham that he first had a real moment with. For those of you that don’t remember, Negan stepped in front of Abraham, to which our beloved redhead immediately stood up straight on his knees. He looked Negan right in the eyes, and although his expression wasn’t threatening in any way, it definitely let Negan know he was not scared. Abraham was ready for that swing from Lucille, and Negan knew it… especially when everyone else, including Rick, was shaking in their boots.
I also want to point out that on Talking Dead it was revealed that the person who would die was “hinted” at throughout the horrific final scene. If what I detailed above wasn’t a hint, then I don’t know what is.
4.) When You Want To Scare Someone, You Take Out The Big Guy
As crazy as Rick is, as dangerous as Daryl is, and as amazing as Michonne is… the three of them combined do not look as big and tough as Abraham. As a former member of the military, Abraham stands pretty tall and has a beast of a body to go along with it. Negan himself is not a huge guy, but he’s very smart and he probably knows this one very important thing: that when you really, really want to intimidate someone… you take out his biggest guy.
5.) Why Can’t We Hear Abraham Scream?
When Negan keeps hitting his victim, we can hear the muffled screams of everyone around them. It’s very, very hard to decipher who anyone is as they scream, but one voice that definitely seems to be missing is Abraham’s. Let’s be honest, Abraham has a very distinct voice. It’s deep, a little raspy, and has a strong southern accent attached to it. If Abraham was screaming, or making any sounds at all as someone he cared about was killed in front of him like that, we would have heard it.
Then again, that could just be really good editing, sound effects, or Abraham being too cool to show emotion during a very stressful moment. However, it is pretty coincidental that we can’t hear him, isn’t it?
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do YOU agree with my theory about Abraham? Let me know why or why not in the comments!